2014 in Melbourne: New Attractions and Activities!
There's always something going on in Melbourne, and Australia's second largest city is home to a number of world-class attractions including Federation Square, Queen Victoria Market and the Old Melbourne Gaol. It's a great city to visit at any time, but there are plenty of reasons why you should make 2014 the year you make your trip Down Under.
In addition to all the usual attractions, check out our guide to some of the top events and activities on offer in Melbourne in the New Year.
The weather might be miserable in the Northern Hemisphere, but summer is in full swing in Melbourne, and Victorian residents will be out celebrating Midsumma – Melbourne's annual gay celebration. Held throughout 85 different venues all across Melbourne and the surrounding region and attracting 160,000 revellers every year, the festival has been going since 1988 and this year it will all be taking place between 12th January and 2nd February.
The program is diverse and exciting, bringing you a wide range of events from artists and performers to activities including visual art, cabaret, parties, sport, social events, spoken word and public forums.
White Night is a worldwide phenomenon and it's coming to Melbourne on the 22nd and 23rd February this year. Perfect for night owls, you can spend dusk to dawn in an all-night wonderland offering more than 80 free events celebrating food, film, art and music. It originally began in Paris, and there are 23 other cities offering the event, but this is the first event of its kind in Australia.
You'll see the city in a whole new light as you explore its streets, public buildings and parks by moonlight, and take advantage of more than 40 sites offering performances by local and international artists, mouth-watering food stalls and theatres, galleries, restaurants and bars who will be keeping their doors open until the sun comes up. It's a night like no other!
The Festival of Sails
If sport is your thing, you'll love the Festival of Sails, Australia's oldest on-going sporting event which takes place annually on the Australia Day weekend in January. It's also the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts a huge number of yachts and over 4,500 sailors, and provides a Shoreside festival offering fun events and activities for the whole family.
Starting with the traditional Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, the event is followed by an exciting three days of sailing in Geelong and Corio Bay.
The Melbourne International Film Festival
There are many film festivals in the world, and The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the city's most significant events, attracting around 165,000 people every year. As well as being the largest showcase of Australian cinema, the festival also features films from over 50 countries during its 17-day winter run. The festival will celebrate its 63rd anniversary in 2014, making it one of the oldest film festivals in the world and just a year younger than Cannes!